AUGUSTA, Maine – Maine Democratic Party Chairman Phil Bartlett released the following statement:

“Instead of negotiating in good faith, Governor LePage and House Republicans are creating chaos. Instead of doing their jobs, they are intent on shutting down government to the detriment of Maine taxpayers, businesses and employees.

“Democrats fought hard as the voice of the people in this budget negotiation, and the people demanded increased education funding and property tax relief. This budget compromise was not a victory for either side, but compromise is necessary in a divided government.

“Now Governor LePage and his House Republican backers are shutting down state government, punishing every single Mainer because they didn't get their way.”